Round 1: They touch gloves. Duarte moving forward. Couture lands an outside leg kick. Durate fires a right hand counter. Couture looks for a takedown. Duarte works for a d’arce choke. Duarte shakes off the takedown attempt and they separate. Duarte working the body. They exchange leg kicks. Duarte lands a right hand. Couture circles on the outside. He moves in with a right hand. Duarte goes to the body and head. A minute remains in the round. Duarte continues to work the body. He lands a running knee followed by a right hand. Couture lands a kick to the body. Duarte secures a takedown. Couture works for an oma plata and lands a few hammer fists from the bottom. Duarte stands up. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Duarte.
Round 2: Duarte takes teh center of the cage. Couture moves in with a right hand and takes Duarte down. Duarte scrambles back to his feet. Couture works for a single leg takedown. Duarte battles out of it and breaks free. Duarte attacks the lead leg of Couture. Couture lands a front kick. Duarte delivers an outside leg kick. Couture moves in with a right hand and Durate lands a right and takes him down. Duarte lets him up. Couture ties him up and presses him against the cage. They separate. Duarte lands a left hand. Couture attempts a takedown and gets it. He takes Duarte’s back. Couture works for the rear naked choke. Duarte defends. Couture lands a series of punches before the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Couture.
Round 3: Duarte delivers an outside leg kick to start the final round. Couture lands a knee to the body. Duarte lands a kick to the body of Couture. They clinch. Couture presses Duarte against the fence. Duarte circles out. Duarte secures a double leg takedown. He applies a choke but Couture escapes. Couture scrambles to his feet. He works fro a takedown of his own but Duarte shakes it off. Two minutes remain in the bout. Duarte goes for a lazy takedown and Couture defends it. Couture obtains top position but Duarte gets back to his feet. Duarte works for a takedown but Couture backs him to the cage. Couture gets the takedown. Couture works knees to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Couture.
The judges score the fight for Couture by split decision. The scorecards read: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.